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Porpoise Bay

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Porpoise Bay

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Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Curio Bay New Zealand
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5-Day Stewart Island Tour with Small Group from Dunedin
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5-Day Stewart Island Tour with Small Group from Dunedin

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This is a very small group tour packed full of adventure but not requiring a high level of fitness. While there is plenty of action for all ages, we often have older retired people on our tours who are still active and love the out doors. We aim to pack in as much as possible each day without compromising on the comfort and rest you'd expect from a holiday like this. We often run the tour for just 2 people. The maximum would be 6 people. We can cater for larger groups on a private tour basis only.<br>You will have your own local guide for the duration of the tour, as well as meeting a number of Stewart Island local guides with all the activities included. We book everything for you and are well prepared for dealing with any unforeseen changes by weather or other circumstances. You will enjoy exploring some of NZ's most remote, pristine and beautiful environments, unique wildlife, hear interesting stories and discover local history. Great food and Stewart Is hospitality is second to none.
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ManDoFood wrote a review 15 Jan
37 contributions2 helpful votes
What a wonderful place to stay. We had little blue penguins on the doorstep and woke up to dolphins in the bay in front of us. The water was warm the weather was nice.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Oskar_Baxter wrote a review 4 Jan
Canterbury Region, New Zealand295 contributions82 helpful votes
The beach with the petrified trees was stunning. Nearby there is a walk through natural bush which was equally beautiful. We didn't see any penguins or seals but they are apparently in the area. The modern cafe is a great place to have a coffee afterwards.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Rantin rover wrote a review Sep 2020
Biggar, United Kingdom8,129 contributions1,236 helpful votes
Strangely enough the small hamlet of Curio Bay, which consists of a line of houses and holiday homes stretched out above the dunes, is located overlooking Porpoise Bay. The beach at Porpoise Bay is sandy and shelves gently into the water although it is open and exposed to the wind. Perhaps for this reason and possibly due to the remote location it is easy to have it almost to yourself. Curio Bay, with it's rocky shore incorporating the petrified forest is around the headland. It's easy to walk between the two Bays with the campsite and the Natural Heritage Centre housed in the middle. The latter has parking, a cafe and information about the area. We stayed for a couple of nights in a studio overlooking Porpoise Bay - "Curio Bay Accommodation" - and found it a relaxing spot to explore the wider area. (The Catlins are well known for wildlife and rugged scenery). It had private access to the beach at Porpoise Bay - the public access is next to the campsite at the western end although this requires a brief clamber over some rocks. Porpoise Bay has a pod of resident Hector's Dolphins which apparently are frequently seen however we've yet to personally see one here, despite this being our second visit. The beach is also home to a resident group of Blue Penguins which we've heard at night but not seen at this location - they nest under the properties overlooking the Bay. Sea Lions and seals also apparently visit the Bay however, again, we haven't seen them at this site ourselves although we did see them elsewhere on the coastline. As mentioned, nearby Curio Bay, features the 180 million year old fossilised trees, but is also home to a pod of rare Yellow-Eyed Penguins. The penguins come ashore at the petrified forest at dusk to their nests in the dunes and although we have seen them here previously, on the most recent occasion it was not to be. The wildlife is a definite bonus but being nature it is not guaranteed however the area has many attractions beside, provided you appreciate a wild and remote landscape.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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pd7 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom535 contributions235 helpful votes
Excellent place to explore with lots to see, not least a petrified forest as a rocky beach! There are reputedly penguins around but they are shy and tend to be seen at early morning or evening (going to/from the sea, of course). There is a headland and 2 bays here and it is all very picturesque. Well worth seeking out.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Dale Finn wrote a review Feb 2020
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Awesome area 5stars. But people are ruining it when they don't respect the wild nature of the area. If you are coming to PB don't expect to swim with dolphins. They're in the area to feed, rest and raise their young. NOT be harassed by humans. Follow the rules and get in the water well away from any dolphins you may see (at least 50m) and they may come to you which is a magical experience. Please don't smack rocks together like other people say, it hurts the dolphins ears and can scare them. Let any interaction be the dolphins choice or just watch them play from the beach like I did! Dont surround the sea lions or get too close. Stay at least 10m away. I found it hard to follow these rules at first but it's for everyone's benefit including the animals. Don't be afraid to call out other people for their bad behaviour too. Everyone needs to learn to live and share the world with our wild animals. Don't be that guy that crosses the line and ruins it for everyone and disturbs the animals! The surf school was awesome and Nick (think that's his name) is a very good instructor! Thanks friend. Cafe was good but could use more information about the wildlife is what we came to see. No drones are allowed anywhere! I saw one person with a drone up but it's ILLEGAL over Marine mammals and over any doc area including curio bay. Love from Australia
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Date of experience: February 2020
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